Gluten Free Reviews of International Cruise Lines

Cruises are becoming one of the better options for gluten-free travelers, since most of the big cruise lines have policies in place to serve people with special dietary needs. Below we’ve outlined those policies — as well as the contact information for each cruise line. We’ve also posted links to a sampling of reviews submitted to GlutenFreeTravelSite for each cruise line (with the most recent review listed first). For the most part, the reviews are favorable. However, it is important to note that cruise lines aren’t always consistent in satisfying their gluten-free guests. It can vary from ship to ship, region to region — and may have a lot to do with the knowledge of the particular Executive Chef in charge. It is worth reading the reviews and then making some calls (or working with a travel agent) to find the best fit for you. Cruise reviews, like all reviews on our site, are organized geographically…in this case, based on where most of the ports-of-call are located. Therefore, our cruise reviews can also be found on pages like the Caribbean page. I'd also strongly suggest visiting the Cruising With Special Diets website to access a FREE comprehensive guide to cruise travel for people following special diets (gluten free, vegan, etc.).

Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Lines Cruises Gluten Free

As expected, Disney works its magic for the gluten-free diners on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships -- and now the new Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Much like the Disney World theme parks, there is a genuine effort made to accommodate special diets. You'll leave your worries at home when you book one of their 3, 4 or 7-night cruises at 800-951-3532 or disney.com. Just have them note any special dietary needs on yuor reservation at the time of booking.


Celebrity Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruise Lines Gluten Free Reviews

Celebrity Cruises makes a note of a guest’s gluten-free needs at the time of booking and then has all gluten-free cruisers fill out a “special needs” form prior to the trip. A “special needs” representative will then contact you for more details, if needed. You will meet with dining staff the first night of the cruse. For more information, call Celebrity's Special Needs department at 866-592-7225 or email them at special_needs@celebrity.com.


ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Royal Caribbean Cruise Gluten Free

Royal Caribbean recently enlisted a registered and licensed dietician and nutritional consultant to shape the cruise line's gluten free program into a more guest-friendly experience. All gluten free options are now clearly labeled on the ships' menus, and new gluten free bread offerings will be available upon request in all the ships' restaurants. Royal Caribbean shares a video on their website detailing this new program. You can also contact them at special_needs@rccl.com to let them know about your gluten-free needs, or have them notate it on your reservation at the time of your booking. For booking or more information, you can call 866-562-7625.


CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

Carnival Cruise Lines Gluten Free

This cruise line is willing and able to prepare gluten-free meals and typically keeps gluten-free bread, pasta, pizza and other specialty foods on board for the many requests they are now receiving. Visit Carnival Cruise Lines or call 800-438-6744 x70025 for assistance booking a cruise and noting your special gluten-free requests. You can also email them at specialneeds@carnival.com A note will be made on your reservation, but you are also encouraged to fill out a form and to remind your waiter and maitre'd of your dietary needs when boarding. You are welcome to bring your own non-perishable food as well.

Carnival Pride


PRINCESS CRUISES

Princess Cruises Gluten Free

According to their policy, you must advise Princess in writing (at least 35 days before you sail) of any special diet, allergies or medical needs. You can FAX your request to Kelly Ashley in Booking Support (FAX: 661-753-0180), email her at kashley@princesscruises.com or call 800-774-6237. For cruises other than within Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Trans-canal and Australia/New Zealand, including transpacific and transatlantic sailings, please advise them of any special dietary requirements at least 65 days prior to sailing. Once onboard, please check with the Maitre D' to confirm your request.

Currently, the gluten-free items they carry onboard are: gluten-free bread mix (Abel & Schafer brand), gluten-free cereal, gluten-free flour, gluten-free crackers, gluten-free macaroni, gluten-free spaghetti, and gluten-free sweet cookies. With the gluten-free mix, they can make desserts, pancakes, muffins, biscotti, pound cake, chocolate chip cookies, flourless chocolate cake, and pizza crust. Gluten-free beer or gluten-free vodka can also be pre-ordered.

 


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE (NCL)

Norwegian Cruise LIne Gluten Free

Norwegian Cruise Lines asks that gluten-free requests be made at the time of booking, preferably at least 60 days in advance of your cruise. They note the request on your reservation and you are encouraged to speak with the restaurant manager when you arrive on board. Norwegian Cruise Line does not permit you to bring onboard any food item that would require preparation by the ship's staff or food items that require cold storage in the ship's kitchen. For questions or booking, call 866-234-7350.

Norwegian Dawn


HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE LINE

Holland America Cruise Line Gluten Free

When booking a cruise with Holland America, call their Ship Services Department at 800-541-1576 to have them note your gluten free needs, at least 90 days before departure. You will be sent a form to fill out, which also allows you to choose specific gluten-free foods you’d like to have (muffins, cookies, pasta, pizza, etc) so they can make them available to you. On the first night of your cruise, they suggest speaking with the maitre’d or head watier, who will already be aware of your gluten-free needs. According to the cruise line, gluten-free requests are very popular, so they always have plenty of choices.


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